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State Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments at Seattle UniversityOctober 05, 2005
From: Lorrie Thompson
State Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument on Three Cases, One Involving Freedom of Speech at
The Washington Supreme Court will hear oral arguments outside of the
Beginning at in the Justice Fred H. Dore Courtroom, Chief Justice Gerry Alexander and Justices Charles W. Johnson, Barbara A. Madsen, Richard B. Sanders,
· No. 76533-2, State (respondent) v. Young (petitioner): Whether admission of a statement under the “excited utterance” exception to the hearsay rule requires independent evidence of the predicate startling event or condition.
· No. 76726-2, T.S. (respondent) v. Boy Scouts of
· No. 76544-8, State (respondent) v. Johnston (petitioner): Whether RCW 9.61.160, which criminalizes threatening to bomb any public or private building, requires the State to prove that the threat was a “true threat” and thus is not protected by the First Amendment.
Immediately following arguments in the first two cases, the justices will answer questions from the audience, then recess to conference on the cases until 12:30 p.m. Justices will then enjoy a lunch with faculty and members of the student body, and reconvene at to hear the last case of the day, State v. Johnston. The justices will entertain questions from the audience following this case as well.
On October 10th justices will visit
The Washington Supreme Court has made community visits throughout the state since 1985, and welcomes the public to the oral arguments. Though cameras and video recorders are generally allowed, the Court asks that no flash, other lights or noisy film advance mechanisms be used during the hearings. Only one television camera will be allowed to film the oral arguments; other TV stations are asked to pool coverage. TVW,
Written opinions are rendered approximately three to six months after oral arguments. For further information regarding the Court, visit the Washington Courts web site at www.courts.wa.gov.
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